Star-God burns afar
sparkles rata into flame
calling time on berries ripe
O Te Waru Haere Mai
February 2nd ~ Groundhog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, First Fruits, Lean Time, Te Waru, Lammas, Lugnasad ~ by whatever name we know it, the underpinning story is the same. The earth is sifting seasons. Do you hear its trickled lilt? What does it sing to you?
This post was inspired by Juliet Batten’s book Celebrating the Southern Seasons ~ Rituals for Aotearoa, and Earthbornliving’s blog, Nona Hora, the Ninth Hour.
The Star-God is Rehua (Antares). Te Waru is the eighth month of the Maori calendar. For more information on our southern seasons, read Juliet’s beautiful post on Lugnasad here.